The Adrian Dominican Sisters have long been engaged, individually and communally, in efforts to protect the integrity of creation and bring about a more just, peaceful and compassionate world. The Office of Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation coordinates these efforts by bringing to light injustices and recommending ways to take action.
The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has proposed a change that could make the process of becoming a U.S. citizen or receiving legal status in the United States much more difficult. The proposed change would consider people applying for citizenship or legal status as “public charges” if they receive “any use” of certain federal aid programs “at any time in the future.” Public comment on this issue is open until December 10.
A rule change in the Flores Rule, which deals with detention of immigrant children is also open for public comment until November 6.
All people are encouraged to make a response in support of immigrants. View the above PowerPoint presentation for more information on these issues. Below are links to additional information and how to submit comments.
Information from the recent "Immigration Proposal: Call to Action meeting" on October 11:
DACA: Still No Solution
In September, 2017 the Trump Administration announced the phase out of the DACA program. This announcement threw the lives of hundreds of thousands of young people who came to the US as children into uncertainty. In the aftermath of this announcement, Congress scrambled to put together a legislative solution to ensure continued protections for DACA recipients.
The proposed solutions and DACA protections only increased immigration enforcement (including border enforcement) and decreased protections for others, such as asylum seekers. Both the House and Senate held votes on bills this past year but nothing passed. The administration created this crisis, threw fuel on the fire, and Congress was unable to put it out. Aid came in the form of court decisions.
A recent ruling from the DC circuit court affirmed the DACA program and ordered the administration to fully reinstate the program. This implementation of this decision is pending. During this time, however, the administration is required to continue accepting DACA renewal applications. There is still another DACA case pending which is an attempt to block the government from processing any DACA applications. If the decision in this case is to halt the program, the case could then go to the Supreme Court. Call or write your legislative representatives and urge them to pass a permanent solution that does not jeopardize other migrant communities and provides Dreamers with a pathway to citizenship.
For phone numbers to Congressmen and Senators use the Capital Switchboard: (202) 224-3121
The efforts to reunite families continues although there are reports that over 500 children have still not been reunited with their families. Additionally, reports continue to surface that government officials coerced parents, though threats and intimidation, into waiving their rights to reunification in order to deport them. Click here to read the report. (via Columban Center for Advocacy and Outreach)
Click the links below to view the series of 100 Days of Prayer designed by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange.
October 28 - November 3, 2018
November 4 - 10, 2018
If you haven’t done so already, take action to protect and save our children by signing the March for Our Lives Petition.
Each month the IHM Sisters of Monroe, Michigan provide an action focused on the prevention of gun violence. This month the focus is on saying NO to grants that would arm teachers.
“Last month, the New York Times reported that Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is considering letting states use funds from Student Support and Academic Enrichment grants, also known as Title IV, to arm educators. Congress and federal agencies have historically blocked federal dollars from being used for guns in schools, but Title IV doesn't explicitly ban weapons purchases. Title IV grant money is supposed to be used for three important goals: “providing a well-rounded education, improving school conditions for learning, and improving the use of technology for digital literacy.” According to the Education Department, “gun purchases could fall under ‘improving school conditions.”
Sign a petition opposing this plan. Then, please email email@example.com or call 734-240-9691 and let us know that you took action so that we can tally this month’s efforts. Please share this announcement with your family and friends and invite them to join you in taking action. Our goal is to get 90 people taking action this month for the 90 people who are killed each day in the United States by gun violence.
The State of Washington became the 20th state to eliminate the death penalty. Since 2014 the state had maintain a moratorium on executions. Now the Supreme Court has unanimously struck down the state’s death penalty “arbitrary and racially biased.” The eight inmates that are currently on death row will immediately have their sentences converted to life in prison without release, and furthered a trend away from capital punishment in the U.S.
This is certainly a hopeful sign and can energize those working to eliminate the death penalty in other states. The Catholic Mobilizing network offers 10 ways that people can work in their communities to bring about an end to the death penalty. Learn more about 10 ways to proclaim hope over death.
Recently Pope Francis announced that the Death Penalty is no longer admissible. He stated: “All human beings are created in the image and likeness of God, and the dignity bestowed on them by the Creator cannot be extinguished, even by grave sin.” The U. S. Conference of Catholic Bishops welcomed the announcement. Read more about this announcement. The Catholic Catechism has been revised. Read this historical revision.
The Catholic Mobilizing Network that has been working diligently to end the death penalty in the United States applauds the Pope’s announcement and invites citizens to take one more step in building a culture of life by taking the National Catholic Pledge to end the Death Penalty.
The Catholic Mobilizing Network offers a prayer that can be said daily. Click here for the prayer card in English and Spanish.
Click the link below to view the third series of 100 Days of Prayer designed by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange.
September 30 - October 6, 2018
October 7 - 13, 2018
“The International Labor Organization estimates that there are 40.3 million victims of human trafficking around the world, including 24.9 million in forced labor and 15.4 million in forced marriage. We have a moral responsibility to end modern slavery around the world, and we must elect candidates who work to eradicate human trafficking through funding for survivor services, increased awareness, harsher penalties for traffickers, and holding all perpetrators, including individuals and businesses, accountable.” (United States Catholic Sisters Against Human Trafficking - USCSAHT).
The USCSAHT has created a voter guide that shows how candidates in the coming election responded or plan to respond to the issue of human trafficking. The guide is a tool that can assist you in knowing where candidates stand on the various aspects of human trafficking. Click here to access the voter guide.
Read news accounts from around the world regarding the issue of human trafficking - from Paris to Nigeria; how Facebook is being sued for not safe guarding users from human traffickers.
Each month the USCSATH publishes a newsletter. Read the October Stop Trafficking newsletter.